Texas is known for superior arts and culture all across the state. Museums showcase Western, European and Asian art as well as Texan history. Explore visual and performing arts in the Dallas Arts District and the arts town of Marfa. In Austin, music choices range from opera to honky-tonk bars to live music. As you travel, taste Texas barbecue, Tex-Mex and fine dining, and plan to visit some of the state’s craft breweries and 350-plus wineries.
In the self-proclaimed ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, take your pick from 250-plus music venues. Quirky and bohemian, Austin is famous for its multitude of street food and chef-owned restaurants. The city is known as one of the fittest in the US, with plenty of opportunities for cycling, paddle-boarding, and kayaking.
Nearby: At Waco Mammoth National Museum, see the fossils of 24 mammoths.
The ninth largest US city, Dallas has a calendar full of cultural events and festivals. Visit museums, concert halls and theatres in the vast Arts District. Catch an NFL Dallas Cowboys football game at the AT&T Stadium. Enjoy high-end shopping at Highland Park Village or at one of the city’s many trendy boutiques.
Dine on Texas barbecue and tour the Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, a friendly and laid-back city. Shop and play your way through Sundance Square or 35-block downtown district with shops, restaurants, art galleries and nightclubs. Visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Texas Motor Speedway.
Nearby: Take the family to Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in nearby Arlington.
Houston is young, multi-cultural and growing, with a thriving arts scene and lively multicultural neighbourhoods. Learn about space travel at NASA’s Space Center Houston and watch cowboys compete at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the world’s largest. Take a boat ride down Buffalo Bayou, a shaded slow-moving river.
Nearby: Escape to the golden beaches and architectural charms of Galveston.
Historic and charming, San Antonio is perhaps best known for the River Walk, an eight-kilometre-long public park lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Explore the heritage of Texas at the Alamo and other historic missions. Schlitterbahn water park and SeaWorld San Antonio are popular with families.
Nearby: Head to German-influenced New Braunfels for beer gardens and schnitzel.